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How to host a naturally stylish Summer party

date 17 Jul 2017

It’s Summertime, and while the living may be easy, the mere thought of planning and hosting a stream of gatherings can be overwhelming. In today’s post, we share with you some of our favourite styling tips to achieve a dining setting that dazzles your guests and captures the spirit of the season, so you don’t have to break a sweat in Hong Kong’s sweltering heat.

Take the floor

Take your Summer party to whole new level – literally! An inspirational, Insta-worthy dining setting is sure to set all your Summer soirees in motion, and we’re particularly smitten with the idea of sitting around a cool, casual and inviting low table to enjoy drinks, snacks, or even a picnic-style homemade meal. If you live in a petite-but-chic Hong Kong abode that’s a little tight on space for a separate dining room, or seek a refreshing, creative way to host your Summer party, then give a low dining environment a try this season. Coffee tables sit at the perfect height to create this look, and provide a naturally stunning base for your tablescape. Opt for a furniture piece crafted from reclaimed solid teak wood, with uneven edges and wonderfully weathered surfaces that can be left bare for a raw, rustic look, or layered with printed textiles or table runners for a relaxed, bohemian vibe.

Keep the setting chic and comfortable with plenty of plush patterned throw cushions. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour – a mix of vibrant tones and prints creates a fun, eclectic dining setting, and embraces the carefree spirit of Summer!

Get the look: Celebes coffee table (see similar here) | Embroidered cushions

Serve’s up

Now that you’ve got the foundation of your dining setting sorted, it’s time to layer your furniture with finishing touches, creating a tablescape that’s sure to be the envy of all your guests! Adorn your tabletop with wooden dishes, platters and serving bowls, which add a natural warmth to your culinary creations with their beautiful wood grains and wonderfully organic shapes. Or, if you prefer something with a slightly more polished finish, add a selection of ceramic kitchenware into the mix. Lightly patterned designs with similar colour tones allow you to mix-and-match with ease, and create an effortlessly thrown-together look that fits the overall relaxed aesthetic of your Summer gathering.

Get the look: Wooden serveware | Ceramic kitchenware (in-stores only)

Find yourself running back and forth from the kitchen to grab refills? Ditch the tray and carry out your beverages in a handwoven handled basket – it’s a fun, fresh and practical alternative to serve your guests drinks and light bites. Or, if you have a few indoor plants lying around, house them in this woven wonder for a naturally stylish centrepiece.

Get the look
Top: Woven basket (in-stores only)
Bottom: Coloured glasses (in-stores only)

A glow from within

Whether you’re hosting an al fresco supper in your backyard or a low-key dinner party indoors, terracotta lantern lights are a brilliant way to set the scene in an instant. Look for designs that feature intricately carved motifs, which will create an alluring cast of shadows when illuminated. Use your lantern lights to form an atmospheric entrance to your dining setting, or strategically scatter them throughout your space for a tranquil, intimate ambience.

Get the look: Terracotta lanterns (in-stores only)

We hope some of these tips have inspired you to create a stunning Summer dining setting of your own – here’s to hosting in chic and stress-free style this season!

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